You should be paid for your Facebook data

For Facebook users furious about the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, there are currently two options to protest and protect your data: stay and have little control over your data privacy, or leave and forfeit the convenience and connectivity social media brings.

But what if there was a third option? What if the companies profiting from user-generated data had to pay you for it? What if each user got to decide whom to sell their data to, and at what price?

Jennifer Zhu Scott

You’ve got to use what you’ve got

Caroline Sacks was a pseudonym. I got really interested in this literature on what’s called relative deprivation. And so the question is if you’re choosing a college, do you want to go to the best college you can get into? Everyone says you should. But there’s reams and reams and reams of educational data to suggest, actually, that’s not a good strategy at all. With some exceptions, you shouldn’t go to the best school you can get into. You should go to the school where your chances of finishing in the top third of your class are greatest. The psychological costs of being at the bottom of any class, particularly if you’re in a competitive field like science, math or engineering, are so overwhelming that it’s too risky. If you really want to get a science degree, you should go somewhere where you can feel smart.

Malcom Gladwell

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Young forever

It is now possible to conceive of adulthood as the state of being forever young. Childhood, once a condition of limited autonomy and deferred pleasure (“wait until you’re older”), is now a zone of perpetual freedom and delight. Grown people feel no compulsion to put away childish things: We can live with our parents, go to summer camp, play dodge ball, collect dolls and action figures and watch cartoons to our hearts’ content. These symptoms of arrested development will also be signs that we are freer, more honest and happier than the uptight fools who let go of such pastimes.

A. O. Scott

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